Wednesday 20 March:


THE CENTRE FOR JAZZ & POPULAR MUSIC (UKZN) is proud to present world renown musician: Madala Kunene on Wednesday 20 March 2013 at 18:00. 


Born in Cato Manor in 1951, Madala Kunene grew up in the township of Kwa-Mashu. Kunene has a unique traditional sound that is blended with the Blues. Lyrically he recites Zulu folk tales that would otherwise be forgotten. Madala’s Music is deeply spiritual and cuts across the barriers.


Kunene has features as a guitarist on great albums by the likes of Sipho Gumede and Mandla Masuka, Busi Mhlongo, and Moses Molelekwa to name a few. He went solo in 1988. In 1990, he teamed up with the dance troupe, Woza Afrika, where he composed, sang and played guitar. In 1993 B+W (later M.E.L.T. 2000) gave him his recording deal. His first solo album for M.E.L.T. 2000 was Kon’ko Man.

In 1994 Madala took part in the Outernational Meltdown jams with Airto Moreira and this meeting contributed to his “Healer’s Brew” album which was made in 1995, produced by Pops Mohammed and Airto Moreira. This album features many of his old friends, including Londoner Zena Edwards, the late Sipho Gumede, Mabi Thobejane, the late Busi Mhlongo, Mandla Mgabhi and Mandla Masuku, Jose Neto and Flora Purim, to mention but a few.


In 1995, Madala joined forces with Swiss guitarist Max Lasser for the album ‘Madamax’. There was an incredible creative affinity between the two and through the development of this project they made a profound musical connection between Africa and Europe. After their initial sessions in South Africa, Max invited Madala to Switzerland to continue arranging the music, and to write some more songs. This collaboration was such a buzz that Madala and Max decided to take their unique sound on tour, a resounding success that also highlighted the unique vocal talents of Lungiswa Plaatjies. This tour was a resounding success throughout Europe both in 1999 and 2000.


Madlala is also well known for is successful duo with the late Syd Kitchen (Bafo Bafo). This cross-cultural musical collaboration between two highly individual guitar stylists created a musical landscape that was absolutely unique, and culminated in the release of their only album together, “What Kind?”. Bafo Bafo delivered a musical tapestry that was at once a living embodiment of the “new” South Africa.

Madala Kunene is working on an album that will be released very soon this year. The Album he is working on highlights and celebrates the Umkhumbane history, the family evictions in 1959 and how he met and made friends with the man who evicted his family. The album will feature a few collaborations with seasoned musicians, as well as showcase young musicians from his mentorship program.

Madala Kunele  (vocals+ guitar ), will be joined by Paki Peloeole (drums), Thembinkosi Banda (bass) and  Mduduzi Magwaza on Flute at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus at 18:00 Wednesday 20 March 2013.


Entry fee is R35 (Pensioners R20 and students R10). Please contact Thuli on 031 2603385 or email for more details






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